10 Feb

The Courage to Risk Much to be Fully Known | Daniel Du

Walking to the train one block away from my apartment, I will pass three salons with “Valentine’s Day Specials” for manicures and haircuts. I pop into Duane Reade, and all the pink stuff on aisle 6 is the first thing that catches my eye. Valentine’s day is right around the corner, and I live in a city that will not let me forget that. Around...

04 Feb

Grace for the Pharisee’s Heart | Adrienne Minor

Because of an invitation from a friend to join with her and several other women, I spent the month of January reading through the New Testament. In order to read 27 books of the Bible in 31 days, I had to read a lot of pages each day. (Thankfully, Saturdays and Sundays were grace days!) It was a bit like drinking out of a fire...

23 Jan

Helping the Homeless Experience Being Known

Becoming Whole. Being Unleashed. Bringing Flourishing.  Cru Millennials in NYC is believing God for a generation that embodies these values. Yvonne is a millennial in the Cru network who goes to The Bridge Church in Brooklyn. We are excited about the partnership we have with the The Bridge.  Yvonne is passionate about each person in this beautiful and diverse city becoming all that God has...

12 Jan

3 Core Truths that Radically Reoriented My Life

I needed some strong words spoken to me this week. As a new year is now well underway, I needed some bold truth with a healthy dose of tender grace to jolt me out of the New Year’s resolution “better-bigger-more-disciplined-more-satisfied you” comparisons that were happening in my internal dialogue. As I get honest with myself, I am realizing that I’m tempted with the the same temptation...

05 Jan

5 Words for 2016

The sun has yet to rise on the last day of 2015.  The silence of the morning affords space to ponder the coming year. These 5 words come to mind:   Rest:  How can it be that our bodies can rest, but our souls remain all tangled? Anxiety, introspection, self-contempt, and performance are just a few things that can weary the soul. “In repentance and rest...

22 Dec

The Paradoxes of Christmas

We see that Jesus endured a human birth to give us a new spiritual birth. He occupied a stable that we might occupy a mansion. He had an earthly mother so that we might have a heavenly Father. He became subject that we might be free.  He left His glory to give us glory. He was poor that we might be rich. He was welcomed...

15 Dec

Reflections on Christmas Hymns | Suzy Silk

One of my favorites things about the Christmas season are old Christmas hymns. I often find myself wondering why we don't sing these profound lyrics year round! I love singing these words each year, knowing that thousands of others across the world and the centuries have sung these same words as well. Lyrics full of promise and hope. Along with these hymns come reminders of...

08 Dec

Running to the Father | Lauren Schroeder

Last week, my beloved dog Sadie almost died.  A huge part of my heart, if dissected, would probably have that big beast’s name on it. This is the dog that I’ve hiked and swam and road tripped with. We’ve trained for races together and shared watermelon (her all-time favorite) on lazy summer days. We’ve explored woods and fields and played ball till we’re both exhausted....

17 Nov

Compassion is the Supreme Motivator | Eric Gravelle

Unfortunately, the human condition is far too familiar with pain, destruction, brokenness and evil.  I was powerfully reminded of this as I watched the horrific events unfold in Paris last Friday.  The reality is that this type of evil happens far too often.   Just back in April, militant gunmen stormed Garissa University in Keya and killed 147 people.  The world we live in is...

11 Nov

Sharing Your Story | Adrienne Minor

Have you ever had one of those strange experiences where you don’t really know why you need to do something, but you just know you need to do it? When this happens, you feel a little bit like a crazy person. But because of the certainty, you also feel a sense of hope and expectation. You don’t know what’s going to happen, but you have...

03 Nov

What Daniel Murphy Taught Me About Failure | Carrie Louer

November 1st 2015 was a big day in NYC! Over 50 thousand runners ran, jogged, shuffled and limped the 26point2 miles of the TCS NYC marathon. The 5 borough course was lined with welcoming New Yorkers who zealously encouraged each next step. Hearty congrats to those of you who finished! And, a shout out to those of you who tirelessly cheered for your friends! As...

30 Oct

A Quiet, Simple Life | Suzy Silk

I recently finished a 6 month run of one project after another, with little time to breathe in between. And even though I took a weekly Sabbath and a week of vacation, I definitely fully expended all of my energy during this 6 month run. And now it's back to a slower more "normal" life. After running full force for so long, it's been hard...

19 Oct

3 Reasons Why We Need Others In Our Personal Journeys Toward Wholeness | David Robbins

A Forbes report was recently released declaring the top 25 cities for millennials to live. There were a few surprising newcomers of interest, but one thing that stood out to me (only partially tainted by the fact that I live here): five of the twenty-five “cities” were within the New York City metropolitan area. Queens, Brooklyn and even Jersey City at #5 (who knew?!) held...

14 Oct

Protect Your Yes | Sarah Jane Shanks

As I write to you from the wee small hours of the morning, pushing the deadline for this blog, I’m feeling the pain of my decisions—literally. I’m chasing ibuprofen with ginger ale to curb the effects of anxiety and sleep deprivation. But my eyes remain fixed on this headache-inducing computer screen, typing words from a tired brain and a resentful heart as I face the...

02 Oct

Beautiful, Broken City | Adrienne Minor

I moved to New York eight weeks ago. As a newcomer, I’m observing, learning, adjusting. Each experience is shaping my view of the city and teaching me about my new home. Some have brought joy to my heart, while others have left me disheartened. There was the beautiful moment the first time I took the Q train from Brooklyn to Manhattan when I discovered the...

14 Sep

Standing Firm | Lauren Schroeder

One of my least favorite but well-intentioned Christian phrases is “to let go and let God.” I can remember a time when I was going through a particularly rough season of depression and a friend pulled me aside and gave me that advice. Her words stung. She meant well and was eager to see me feeling better but what she didn’t realize was how confused...